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24 April 2017


After returning from the Cadet Worlds in Argentina at New Year, Year 11 student Jamie Harris has now transitioned into the 420 class with his new crew Harry Chatterton. During this spring, the dynamic duo have competed in three selection events: the Inlands at Rutland, the Spring Championships at Hayling Island, culminating in the week-long RYA Youth Nationals again at Hayling, which finished on Good Friday during the Easter holidays. After 27 races in the series Jamie ad Harry were delighted to finish as third Under 17 boys, which gained them a place in the 420 GBR team off to the 420 Europeans in Athens this summer. Jamie and Harry are currently also juggling their GCSE revision schedule. So the competition and trip to Athens will certainly be something to look...

24 April 2017


Following months of earnest scribbling and sculpturing, Year 10 student Miriam Mitchell won the top prize for this year's Mendip Rotary Young Writer competition at the Senior Level (age 14 to 17). The theme and brief of the 2017 competition was to write a short story or poem of under 1000 words, based on the theme 'Tomorrow.' There was a strong field of entries and the Rotarian judges and local author Diney Costeloe gave Miriam the top spot for which she received a £20 gift token and her name is engraved on a silver salver here at the Academy. Miriam did especially well. Not only was she one of the youngest in the age group, but she also had to muse quickly on her idea to execute her writing in only three days. Not that Miriam is disorganised; but she had already...

31 March 2017


Four Year 9 girls had a special trip to London this week for an extra special mission. The "Queens of Wessex" Amelia Ford, Jennifer Hughes, Tilly Hallett and Sarah Moreman turned cyber sleuths after they entered the 2017 CyberFirst Girls competition and made the top ten (the top 0.5% of entrants) in the country for their security skills and code-cracking abilities. Organised by the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, the competition saw more than 8,000 young women aged 13-15 enter from across the UK in teams of three or four. The competition was created to raise more awareness of careers in cyber security amongst girls, because only 10% of the global workforce in this specialised field is female. The quartet were invited to attend the national final on...

31 March 2017


The Years 9/10 Kings of Wessex Girls' Rugby team ended this Spring Term on a celebratory note after they were crowned champions in the South West Finals of the Rugby Tournament this week. Organised by the RFU County Development Officers, the tournament was held at Hornets RFC in Weston-super-Mare and the girls played on the new 3G artificial surface under grey skies and rain showers. To qualify, the girls won the Somerset Tournament, then played in the South West tournament with winners from a total of nine teams from Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Dorset. The finals consisted of two groups. Kings’ had four teams and won all the games easily in their group before they played Holyrood from Chard in the final. It was a tense game, but the final score...

29 March 2017


Earlier this half term, it was time again for students to have some fun in the Science lab for this year’s Science Week when an exciting range of activities were provided by the Science Department during lunchtimes. The young Scientists learned how to make the perfect paper plane, solve a crime scene, making rainbow - and lots more! Events were well attended with a large numbers of students joining in the fun of discovery about our world that makes Science so fascinating. Participating student Laurent Czechowski said: "During the week I was involved in CSI Cheddar and the Lego Challenge. It was really fun. In CSI Cheddar we had to guess who was trying to poison Mrs Riddick's tea. It turned out it was Mrs Tincknell playing one of her casual pranks. The...